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The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century

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A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century. A reflective, moving account in which, with grace and clarity, Dr. Du Bois revised and incorporated his earlier works and added new sections.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 1968 by International Publishers (first published 1968)
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Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't known how DuBois was blacklisted for his work in the peace movement, specifically for his making explicit the connections between war, the growth of industry, and colonialism. In the early 1950's he was banned as a speaker on college campuses, suffered a press black out in the Black and mainstream media, and observed by government agents.

This book charts the development of his international perspective that grows from a driving concern about the "color line" to incorporate Marxism and
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A somewhat dry telling of an amazing life, Du Bois's diversions and speculations are the highlight of this book. Du Bois's accomplishments and the scope of his experiences are incredible: he lived from 1868 to 1963 and traveled both the country and the globe extensively. Du Bois himself comes across as a bit humorless and he has a tendency to overquote from his letters and speeches. The read is worth it, however, for his account, in the third part of the book, of his red-scare prosecution when h ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the greatest geniuses this nation has ever produced. Among scholars, and historians he has no real competition and his writing is some of the most beautiful I've ever read. All around he was an amazing man, and this autobiography does him justice. Outside of that it's history lived not just recited. This is literally an epic.
Talmadge Walker
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Not Du Bois' best work, but then when I'm 93 I hope I can write just as well. Du Bois the historian is competing with Du Bois the literary figure. Too much of it is taken (paragraph by paragraph) straight from documents and speeches. When he moves away from that, some of the passages really shine though.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is written with the same poetic style as most of his other work, and you
will definately benefit by reading the almost century long journey of one of the greatest thinkers and writers the world has ever seen.

it was good to read again his thoughts and perceptions as history unfolded before his eyes.
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
if only I didnt put this book on the top of my car before I drove away from our campsite... This was Du Bois's last autobiography and it was really interesting to see his political evolution into a communist. He makes his declaration as a communist at the age of (i think) 90. damn.
When I get the book I will let you all know how it was . Until then wait until i fuckin read it . Have a nice day!
Chris Brimmer
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Not just good writing but clear history and social comment. This is another of those books I feel an American should read as a part of basic education.
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In 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, pronounced 'doo-boyz') was born in Massachusetts. He attended Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard. Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894. He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910. The Souls of Black ...more
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